Set in a walled garden, with a gated driveway parking 3 cars, Villa Acqua, enjoys one of the best locations on this exclusive resort. The stunning Sao Rafael beach is a short walk away. A large shaded terrace with sea views, equipped with tables and chairs, a barbecue, private pool and lush lawns and garden is ideal for alfresco entertaining. The spacious living room opens onto the terrace through glass patio doors. It incorporates an open fireplace, easy chairs, sofa and satellite TV and an adjoining open plan, more formal dining area. The fully-equipped kitchen has ample storage, as well as a utility room, with washing machine and an outdoor drying area. A hallway leads to one double and two twin bedrooms, main bathroom facilities, and to a staircase to the self-contained double en suite bedroom. This has a large private sun terrace with superb sea view. The living room and the bedrooms have air conditioning. The Villa is ideal to relax and enjoy the sun in a comfortable environment with free WiFi, yet also have access to excellent leisure facilities. A mid week housecleaning is also included.
Local Amenities: A small supermarket with bakery is five minutes walk away, and the wonderful beach restaurants of Sao Rafael and Arrifes are just five minutes walk away. Within walking distance are many other restaurant options. Tennis courts are available to book nearby. Within a few minutes drive is Apolónia, one of the best supermarkets in the country. Algarve Shopping, a large mall, is a 15 min. drive away, open until late, with many shops, restaurants, bowling, and eight cinemas. The new Albufeira Marina is only a few minutes drive or 15 min walk, offering boat trips, fishing and many other excursions.
Leisure Activities: Sao Rafael is a very well located central point on the coast of Algarve. From here it is easy to go to a wide variety of beaches, to visit many typical towns both to the East and West of this region. In Albufeira there are a wide choice of restaurants, coffee shops and bars, small cobblestone streets plenty of shops and street stalls. Many of the Algarve’s local attractions are within easy reach, including Zoomarine, Aqualand, Slide&Splash and other attractions for children and adults alike. The small town of Guia famous for its piri-piri chicken is close by, the medieval town of Silves, Monchique in the mountains and the Vilamoura Marina are less than an hour away. Oura beach and bustling Montechoro strip with its shops, restaurants, and bars is a half an hour drive away.
Weather: Although the winter months see some rain, there is sunshine all year round in Sao Rafael, with warm weather starting as early as March. Come Easter time there are people on the beach albeit with a colder sea. And from April the beach restaurants are fully operational every day and the summer warmth begins with the beach’s clear, tranquil, turquoise waters. Both May and June are gloriously peaceful months to enjoy Sao Rafael as they are calmer less busy months. July, August and September are lively, with summer in full swing. And in October the calm returns with often, still great weather.